I snuck this family in right before Christmas for a Christmas tree mini portrait session. I love the chance to see the progression of life firsthand as it goes along. I first met these two when they were engaged, and we were able to capture their wedding day at The Grands at Mulligan in St. Cloud. Then we captured their maternity photos of little Gavin and did their family photos last year. So, to add another year of family photos, capturing the exciting moments before another precious baby enters the world? Priceless!
A slew of Christmas songs and lyrics are running through my head on this Christmas Eve. Can't help but love this time of year with moments like these photos where you can gather with those you love far and near, and celebrate because the birth of the Savior is here. Scarrow family, so fun to connect with you at the beautiful Union Depot in downtown St. Paul!
“Yes, it’s actually happening!” is what was written on the ringbearer’s sign as he walked down the aisle with his brother to his uncle and surrounded by all those near and dear to Sabrina and Lukas. The day had truly, finally come. These two were becoming one. It had been such a long and complicated process. Yes, Lukas had finally gotten down on one knee to ask Sabrina to marry him, but the two of them never planned for a world with coronavirus and especially didn’t plan having to plan and postpone a wedding amidst a pandemic. As Sabrina’s older sister remarked during the older sister’s toast, Sabrina continued to smile and have joy throughout it all, saying “Well, at least I got one thing right! I get to marry Lukas!” You can tell when a couple has everyone cheering them on for their wedding day, and this was one such couple. Speech after speech and toast after toast, we heard about how perfect these two are for each other and how unbelievably excited it is for them to officially be man and wife.
I love it when I show up to photograph a couple’s engagement photos and within a few minutes, it feels like we’ve been long-term friends. In fact, when I met up with Erin and Trent here at Minnesota’s Afton State Park for their engagement portraits, I mentally did a double-take where I had to remind myself that we’ve only “met” over Zoom previously and chatted over email. These two have had some crazy curveballs with their original wedding photographer backing out on their day and other things, but the long and short of it is that instead of allowing it to cause bitterness, they have chosen to let those moments go and focus on the joy of their two becoming one. These two are so natural with each other, the smiles kept coming, the giggles were oh-so-sweet, and we can’t wait to capture their wedding day next May!
I always love the chance to photograph families that we personally know. It’s always such a privilege to take photos of families, but families that we engage with on a regular basis? Icing on the cake to take portraits of those near and dear to our heart, and then when my kiddos see the photos of those that they love on my computer, you better be leave there is lots of excitement in the Wiggins household and questions as to why they didn’t get to come along. This is true for the Jukich family! We’ve known this family since before they were an official family and have been blessed to grow in relationship with them as both of our families have grown. In fact, little Huxley here? Born only a few days after Chloe was at the same hospital – how cool is that? The twins, Liam and Nolan, are pretty much like superstars in our household. In fact, when we’re heading home on the highway, driving by their house is one of the top two requests. We started their micro session with the classic smiling and standing photos and then ended it with a fun snowball fight that even Huxley joined in on.
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